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CNET News.com: Envisioning life after Windows

Jun 08, 2000, 14:09 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Yamamoto, Ben Heskett)

"For years, aspiring entrepreneurs had two fundamental goals when starting a high-tech company: raising money and steering clear of Bill Gates' empire. Now that the company may be broken in two, Silicon Valley veterans and just about anyone else who has encountered the software monolith are contemplating something never thought possible--life after Microsoft."

"A breakup would abruptly halt Microsoft's transition from a software maker to an Internet company, a Herculean task that began with sweeping institutional changes in 1995 before the Web became a household medium. Anticipating today's ruling, Microsoft postponed a major conference where it was to outline plans to expand beyond its mainstay desktop PC presence with a new Web services initiative."

"Much of the industry's largest growth is projected for technologies that have evolved well beyond the desktop PC software that has formed the core of Microsoft's business. And as people get onto the Internet through TV boxes, digital phones, handheld computers and other alternatives to the PC, technological development and related dollars are flowing away from the Windows-dominated desktop."

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